Posted Friday, February 14, 2014 --- 10:35 p.m.
Most of the time, skiing at the Tyrol Basin is safe and fun -- but when something does happen, the Tyrol Basin Ski Patrol is quickly ready for those that need them.
When they get a call, efficiency is key. They are the first on scene when something happens on the hill.
"Get them down, get them safe, and get them to the next level of care" -- that's how Mark Xistris, with five seasons of experience, describes his job duties on Ski Patrol.
The voluntary organization consists of about 80 people.
Friday nights are especially busy. That's also when it gets the busiest for the Ski Patrol.
When a skier is down, nothing gets in their way.
They are all highly trained professionals. Their training manual is a thick book -- and is read alongside a 14-week course.
Some volunteers are nurses, some are EMTs, and some are just ordinary skiers with no medical background. None of them are paid.
Mark Xistris says it's not about the money. "We love the sport, we love the environment... it's just a great way to give back".
Guests like Bill Brue truly appreciate the Ski Patrol.
"We couldn't do it without them," Brue says.
He has been chaperoning groups of kids at Tyrol Basin for 35 years.
"We bring a busload here every couple of weeks during the winter," Brue explained.
The Ski Patrol makes sure that groups like the kids Bill Brue brings -- and everyone else that wants to escape routine for some winter fun -- stays safe.